skin cells that might signal the presence of another person, all inabout 24 hours. She had done this. Many times.She was alone.Nella smiled broadly, affecting a laugh and really trying to feelit, not just reenact it.
Really feel it
, she told herself.
Be themoment. Be in the moment. Become the moment.
reasonable question, Todd. So answer it."No question. No Todd.Nella tried again. And again."It's a perfectly reasonable question, Todd. So answer it," shesaid without emotion.She mumbled the words again and again."It's a perfectly reasonable question, Todd. So answer it. It's aperfectly reasonable question Todd, so answer it. It's a perfectlyreasonable question Todd so answer it it's a perfectly reasonablequestion Todd so answer it'saperfectly reasonable questiontodd soasnwerit. It's . . ."She stopped herself. This was not helping. It wasn't. She wantedit too, but it was not helping.Nella checked the room of the ship, just a light check. Shechecked beds and mess halls. She did so with eagerness, despite havingchecked many, many times before. She checked the core. Still hot, butnot burning hot--the same as it had been. As it had always been.Final6ly, she took a breath and went into the chamber. Thechamber was a spherical portion in the heart of the ship. It wassuspended in the middle of the ship, like a donut hole sitting in the
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